WHISTLER, BC – The Whistler Mountain Bike Park hosted the millionth unique rider yesterday. The first lift-accessed mountain Bike Park in the world to reach this feat, the Whistler Mountain Bike Park is in its twelfth season of operation and is considered the No. 1 lift access mountain bike park in the world. To mark this auspicious occasion, a celebration was held at the base of the Fitzsimons Express chair lift, with a countdown to the lucky millionth visitor hosted by biking legend Brett Tippie.
The lucky millionth guest, Ryan Domm from Edmonton, Alberta, was greeted by confetti guns, and walked away with a prize pack including: a complimentary seasons pass for the remainder of the 2011 season, a seasons pass for the 2012 season, a custom Dakine Whistler Mountain Bike Park 1,000,000 Rider bike jersey, lift line priority for the remainder of the day, a fully guided bike tour from the Whistler Peak Chair, and an après bike celebration at the Garibaldi Lift Company. Riders 999,996 through to 1,000,001, also received prizing.
“Whistler Blackcomb is incredibly proud to reach this milestone,” said Rob McSkimming, Whistler Blackcomb’s vice president of business development. “We would like to thank every rider who helped us make it to one million and we look forward to hosting our next million riders.”
The Whistler Mountain Bike Park is considered the No. 1 lift accessed downhill bike park in the world, offering 4,900 vertical feet of lift-serviced descending trails for thrill seekers of all levels. The world-class Bike Park trail crew is constantly breaking new ground with its design innovation, including the Joyride Productions-designed Boneyard Slopestyle Course. Trails are labeled by level of difficulty from green runs for beginners to blue and black diamond trails for intermediate and advanced riders. Trails range from gentle banked cruisers through the Coastal forest to tight and twisty single track – perfect for intermediate and all-mountain riders. For more advanced gravity junkies, there are steep rock faces, gnarly root-strewn lines, drop-offs of all shapes and sizes and more. The Whistler Mountain Bike Park is open May to October.